Season 17 reached an exciting conclusion last night as Dancing
with the Stars crowned a new champion!
(Warning! Spoilers below.)
In the two hour season finale, Corbin Bleu and Karina
Smirnoff, Amber Riley and Derek Hough and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke each
took one last spin around the ballroom.
Who took home the coveted Mirrorball trophy? Drumroll
Amber Riley and Derek Hough!
Corbin and Karina came in second, with Jack and Cheryl in
This marks the FIFTH time that Derek Hough has been a member
of the winning team – in fact, he shares one of his Mirrorball trophies with
ModernMom’s Brooke Burke, who went on to co-host the show.
Riley, 27, choked up onscreen in a video message to Hough
prior to the winners’ announcement:
“You have the biggest heart,” she said through
tears. “You always pushed me to be better.”
The Glee star also opened up to Us Weekly about the experience:
“I try to give 100 percent to whatever I do, but I
didn’t expect to learn so much outside of dancing about myself. It’s like this spiritual journey because
you’re putting yourself in a position to learn something new every day. You’re
purposely putting yourself in an uncomfortable position, and you’re fighting
through every single week.”
Congrats to Amber and Derek on their big win!
Check out some of Brooke Burke’s photos from the ballroom below: